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The First Annual DNA (Designers Northern Alliance) Event

The Triangle (the old Corn Exchange), Manchester
24 June 2010 00:00 - 25 June 2010 00:00

Universities from across the North have teamed up with the region’s design and communications agencies to form the first annual DNA (Designers Northern Alliance) event.

The event is being organised by a number of contributors from the University of Salford, University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University, UCLAN, Liverpool John Moores University & North Wales, along with a substantial number of agencies from across the region.

The idea behind the event is to showcase the newly graduated creative talent from the region’s universities. The event has been designed to bring together representatives from the industry and academia to develop links into work and to share best practice – whilst highlighting the work carried out in the advertising, animation, illustration and digital media and graphic design courses from the universities.

Jo Greenhalgh, communication pathway leader in graphic design at the University of Salford, explains:

“Over the two days, the event will include an exhibition of the best of the graduate talent from universities in the North of England; we will be hosting a series of keynote lectures from industry and academia, a roundtable discussion, a question and answer forum and portfolio surgeries for students.

“We have been really heartened by the levels of interest in the event, and feel it will be a really worthwhile event that will be mutually beneficial for both the students who attend and the agencies who will be the first to meet the best graduates from our region’s institutions.”

The two day event will have a series of talks and portfolio surgeries with over 30 professionals from 15 agencies (to date), giving advice and feedback to students on their work. There will be a round table discussion and a question and answer forum with industry experts as well as a space for selected students to offer a private view of the best work to the industry.

Speeches will be given by high profile members of the North’s design and communications industry including Warren Drumm of GyroHSR, Chris Arnold of Creative Orchestra and Si Scott, the prolific graphic designer.

Support for the event has been impressive, with confirmed input coming from The Drum, Tayburn, Hyper Island, LOVE Creative, Vivid, Raw, Severe, KMP, Cheetham Bell JWT, Uniform, GyroHSR, Code Computer Love, Elmwood and Kernal.

Please contact Jo Greenhalgh for further information on how to get involved.


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